Public Defender's Statement on Violence against Transgender Women

Published in Society
Monday, 17 October 2016 10:10

The Public Defender of Georgia is echoing the media reports, according to which, serious physical injuries were inflicted to a transgender women. An investigation is in progress under article 19-180 of the Criminal Code (attempted premeditated murder).
The investigation of alleged hate crimes is one of the priorities for the Public Defender. A number of cases are currently being studied in the Public Defender’s Office, which may include discriminatory motive on various protected grounds. Unfortunately, in most cases, alleged hate motive is not considered during the investigation and/or it is ambiguous what kind of investigative actions are carried out in order to identify such a motive.
The Public Defender considers that finding the truth, including identifying the real motive of the crime, is necessary not only for administration of justice in one particular case, but also for the prevention of hate crimes in the future. In a widely homophobic and transphobic society, there is a danger that this type of crime may be repeated, especially given that the investigative authorities do not bring the discriminatory motive into focus.
The Public Defender calls on the Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia to carry out a comprehensive, complete and objective investigation into the case and to focus on the alleged hate motive.

Statement on Death of a Miner in Tkibuli’s Mindeli Mine

Published in Society
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 10:50

The Public Defender of Georgia expresses sorrow over the death of a miner in Tkibuli’s Mindeli mine and offers sympathy to his family.As reported, T.K., the chief of the evening shift of the ventilation and security district of the mine’s 6th district, was found dead in the evening of October 7, 2016. An investigation was launched under article 240 of the Criminal Code (violation of security rules during construction or other activities, which caused human death).
The mentioned death case once again underscores the severity of safety problem in the workplace. The current legislation does not provide for effective monitoring of safety and working conditions in the workplace.The Public Defender reiterates that it is necessary to adopt perfect regulations concerning safety rules and ensure strict monitoring of their observance through labor inspectorate, which could minimize the number of casualties in the workplace. It is necessary the Georgian government to start ratification of Convention No 81 (labour inspection), Convention No 129 (agriculture labour inspection) and Convention No 155 (labour safety and hygiene) of the International Labour Organization, as well as Article 3 of the European Social Charter (right to safe and hygienic working conditions) in order to ensure one of the main components of the labour right –provision of safe and healthy environment for employees.

THE CEC STATEMENT ¬ON PRELIMINARY RESULTS

Published in Politics
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 10:15

Information was disseminated by social networks and media sources declaring that the sum of the percentages of election results’ that are published on the CEC web-page exceeds 100%, which leaves an impression of deliberate attempt to discredit the Election Administration (EA).
It should be noted that, publishing percentages in accuracy of hundredths, serves only the simple perception of the results. Consequently, direct summarizing of the percentage indicators is wrong and incorrect.
The CEC may offer to any interested persons the percentage indicators even in millionths for greater accuracy which can eliminate the speculations on direct summarizing of percentage indicators. 
It is essential, that the votes received by each election subject which are published on the web-page are accurately reflected in the preliminary results and the final results are based on the votes received by the election subjects.

Public Defender's Statement on World Mental Health Day

Published in Politics
Monday, 10 October 2016 17:18

World Mental Health Day is observed on October 10. The theme of this year’s Mental Health Day is: "Dignity in mental health - psychiatric and psychological first aid for everyone." Activation of this issue is important to overcome the stigma existed against persons with mental health problems, as well as their isolation and discrimination, which still represents an obstacle for them and their families.
The rights situation of persons with mental problems is not adequately protected in Georgia. Although the state has adopted the Mental Health Development Strategic Document and Action Plan for 2015-2020, its implementation is delayed. As a result, the devised goals and main values are not observed.
One of the main directions of the Public Defender is to supervise the protection of the rights of people with mental health problems. Last year, within the framework of the mentioned activities, comprehensive monitoring was conducted in psychiatric institutions, which revealed a number of problems in this field, including the lack of funding for mental health, sharp lack of human resources and qualified personnel, infrastructure problems, formal character of getting informed consent from psychiatric inpatients, problems related to involuntary inpatient care, lack/absence of alternative and community-based services, lengthy treatment at the hospital due the mentioned problem, necessity for deinstitutionalization, etc. 
The Public Defender elaborated recommendations for relevant agencies in order to respond to the abovementioned challenges. Implementation of the recommendations would positively change the existent situation in the field of mental health and would facilitate improvement of the rights situation of persons with mental health problems.
The Public Defender once again urges the state to take positive actions in order protect persons with mental health problems and their families from stigma, isolation and discrimination.

Statement of Davit Usupashvili

Published in Politics
Monday, 10 October 2016 14:58

Historically Georgia had good or very good Chairmen of Parliament and I am sure that future Chairman will be better –this statement was made by the Chairman of Parliament Davit Usupashvili. According to him, he has no information and no assumptions who will be next leader of Parliament.
“Historically Georgia had good or very good Chairmen of Parliament and I am sure that future Chairman will be better because, there are professional staffs in Parliament. The work of Chairman depends on staff and politicians working in parliament. Georgian Dream will choose right person for this post,”-he said. 

The Statement of the President of Georgia Concerning the Elections of 8th of October

Published in Politics
Monday, 10 October 2016 09:57

The President of Georgia, H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili urges the electorate to be active on the second round of Elections of 8th of October. The President addresses the law enforcement agencies to respond timely and firmly to the procedural violations identified during the vote counting. 
“I would like to thank the Georgian citizens, who actively participated in the elections. Your participation was extremely important. Throughout the two month period we have been urging our society to be active at the election process and the registered percentage of turnout is indeed very significant. 
The pre-election process was active during the last month and a half and, despite some exceptions that on the whole did not complicate the environment, was followed by the calm, constructive, and active electoral process.  
Regrettably, some severe violations have been identified during the vote counting process. This fact is not only disappointing, but also provocative. Such incidents that took place in some election districts need rapid response, considering the fact that the Parliamentary Elections 2016 is not only the elections of October 8th.
Our goal is that the Parliamentary Elections of 2016 to be evaluated as the one conducted according to the highest standards. The whole election process will be assessed according to the election of October 8th, the rapid response to the excesses that took place during the elections, and the successful conduct of the second round.
Based on the preliminary results, multiple second round elections are expected; therefore, once again, I would like to ask you to be active during the run-off period and to once again show your interest and engagement in this process.
I would like to call on the relevant authorities to rapidly respond to the violations identified during the vote counting.
We should use all our efforts in order to ensure that the October 8th Parliamentary Elections remain in Georgia’s history as the elections, conducted according to the highest standards and quality”, - stated the President.

 

Statement of the Interior Ministry on explosion yesterday

Published in Justice
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 15:52

The Interior Ministry published a statement on the explosion of the car of United National Movement’s one of the member Givi Targamadze on October, 4. According to the statement, the investigation is underway on Article 19-109 which means the attempted murder.
Representatives of the relevant departments: patrol police, Tbilisi police department, central criminal police department, Emergency Management Agency and expert-criminalists have been mobilized at the scene.
Primary investigative activities have immediately begun. All the surveillance footage has taken from the camera. The witnesses and the injured persons have been questioned. All relevant expertise have been appointed.

Statement of the Georgian Foreign Minister

Published in Politics
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 10:50

On behalf of the Government of Georgia, I strongly condemn any statement aimed at instigating confrontation between the nations and states.  Being a strategic partner of Georgia, Turkey has been upholding and strongly protecting Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity since the day of restoration of its independence. Relations between the two countries are based upon the principles of mutual respect and good neighborliness and there is no sign whatsoever that these relations are under threat.
We call upon the Central Election Commission of Georgia to study every statement that may contradict the Georgian laws and take immediate action thereon.

Statement made by the Georgian Dream

Published in Society
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 09:43

Statement made by the Georgian Dream - Democratic Georgia Georgian Dream condemns the series of actions masterminded by the UNM groups. This is an initiative marching against the sovereign security of Georgia. It is essential that relevant government agencies investigate the facts and take respective response measures.
It is categorically unacceptable to allow any violance towards general public and actions that trigger at the instigated antagonism and instability of the country.

The Statement by the Government of the Republic of Korea on the DPRK’s Fifth Nuclear Test

Published in World
Friday, 16 September 2016 15:35

1. The DPRK conducted its fifth nuclear test on September 9, 2016, in Punggye-ri, North Hamgyong Province.

2. Despite the clear warnings sent again by the international community at the G20 Summit and East Asia Summit, the DPRK conducted another nuclear test since 2016 in flagrant violation of relevant UN Security Council resolutions. The ROK government strongly condemns such a grave provocation, which must not be condoned.

3. The DPRK regime is continuing its dangerous provocations, focusing solely on the advancement of its nuclear and missile capabilities while completely ignoring the poor human rights situation of its people and their livelihood. However, the DPRK regime must clearly realize that it has nothing to gain from such behavior. The more reckless provocations the DPRK conducts, the stronger international sanctions and more severe diplomatic isolation it will face, leading to the collapse of its economy and eventually self-destruction.

4. The ROK government again strongly calls on the DPRK to immediately abandon its nuclear weapons and missile programs in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner. The ROK government will continue to cooperate with the international community and make all the necessary efforts to seek much tougher sanctions at the UN Security Council and bilateral levels.

5. Furthermore, the ROK government will maintain a high readiness posture against any further provocation by the DPRK which threatens the safety of the ROK and the lives of its people and will demonstrate an unwavering response.

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